Paula Hampson is an independent dance performer, teacher and choreographer based on Merseyside. Trained at The Laban Centre for Movement and Dance, she has worked worked nationally and internationally with renowned companies and artists such as The Gregory Nash Group, MacLennan Dance Company, Julyen Hamilton, Gaby Agis and Small Bones Dance Company and studied in Europe and North America, developing her movement skills in Release Technique, Improvisation and Action Theatre with Julyen Hamilton, Nancy Stark-Smith, Joan Skinner and Ruth Zapora.

In 1993 she received a Bonnie Bird Choreography Award and in 1994 was the winner of the Liverpool Daily Post & Echo Award for Best Newcomer in Dance. She also received a Wingate Scholarship in 1994 for research and to set up a programme of choreographic workshops in Liverpool over a three year period. Paula is currently supported by Dance Northwest National Dance Agency through their Dance Management Services Scheme and is an Associate Artist with Suffolk Dance Agency.

Choreographic works include:

1993 - Shift, Hampson Dance Group, Performed in the North West and London Colour Splash, Created for fourteen dancers during one week in residence at the Bluecoat Arts Centre. Passing Through, Choreographic Commission from St.Helens College

1994 - Jut, Juxta...Pose. Trio created for Knowsley Arts Festival.
Forever Forward. Choreographic commission for Loop Dance Company, Kent.

Interruption, Dance and video performance. Collaboration with Katrina McPhearson (Video Artist and Director) and Karen Grant, Glasgow.

1995 - Was, solo and Two Floors Up, Hampson Dance Group. Funded by NWAB, ACE, Knowsley MB, MDI and Cuff Roberts solicitors. 'The Hampson Dance Group has arrived and is worthy of close attention' (The Stage)

1996 - Face:Face, solo commissioned by Merseyside Dance Initiative.

1997 - Track, Paula Hampson Dance Company, with sculptures by Faith Bebbington and music by Gary Lloyd. A Dance Northwest commission. Originally a site-specific work for the Bluecoat Arts Centre, Liverpool, revised for performances at The Place, Alsager Arts Centre and Knowsley College.

She Says, Suffolk Dance commission, solo for Anna Williams (Ricochet Dance Company).

Time for What, A co-commission for Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts and MDI, collaboration with composer Sianed Jones.

Gulp!, Chisenhale Dance Space, a commission with Andrea Buckley for the Contact 25 Festival, performance at Chisenhale, Alsager Arts Centre and Bluecoat Arts, Liverpool.

Flock, Suffolk Dance commission for the Cross-Currents conference. An eight minute film produced in collaboration with Martyn Hollingsworth.